By Nicole Sperling
Updated April 01, 2010 at 04:57 AM EDT

The British-born hottie Alex Pettyfer, who can next be seen in CBS Films’ Beastly, is negotiating to land a big role in I Am Number 4, the teen sci-fi project from producers Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg. Pettyfer will play the title character, an alien disguised as a human teenager in high school who discovers that he is being hunted by the enemy that destroyed his planet. D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) will direct the film, which is expected to begin filming for Dreamworks Pictures in the next two months. The project comes from an upcoming novel by James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) and debut novelist Jobie Hughes. The first of four novels in the series is due out this August.